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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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Every Brilliant Thing  
Windy City Playhouse South Every Brilliant Thing
 
Known from the popular, same-titled HBO adaptation, "Every Brilliant Thing" follows the protagonist as she guides the audience through a story of finding the things that make life worth living in the face of her mother's depression. Stay true to the original production and Windy City Playhouse's immersive style, the show will offer a unique opportunity for audience members to participate in the story. This one-person show is led by Rebecca Spence as the Narrator.

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Five Presidents  
Stage 773 Five Presidents
 
There was only one day in history when all five of these U.S. Presidents were in the same room at the same time: the holding room prior to entering the memorial service for President Richard Nixon. Five Presidents is the presentation of this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, as imagined by "The West Wing" and "House of Cards" writer Ensemble member Rick Cleveland.

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Miracle  
Royal George Theatre Miracle
 
Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith and lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. Whether it's Pops Delaney, who struggles to resolve his conflicts with his son, Charlie, or Charlie's struggle to keep the family business afloat while trying to be a good husband and attentive Dad, or his 11-year-old daughter Dani, who is totally enamored with the boys in blue and every one of their statistics. Mom, as is frequently the case, is the glue that holds the whole family together.

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Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
 
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)

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Tiny Beautiful Things  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tiny Beautiful Things
 
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that "Sugar" was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Directed by Vanessa Stalling (Photograph 51 Court Theatre, A Shayna Maidel TimeLine Theatre, The Wolves Goodman) Tiny Beautiful Things is a story about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.

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UniverSoul Circus  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
UniverSoul Circus, now in its 26th year, is loaded with one-of-a-kind performances from around the world - all coming together as one under a single ring big top. Led by Ringmaster Lucky Malatsi from South Africa, his long-time Sidekick Zeke of Atlanta, and newcomer Cheyenne-Rose Dailey from Trinidad and Tobago, the 2019 edition of UniverSoul Circus features male contortionists from Guinea, Skaters from Cuba, Daredevil Motorcyclists from Atlanta, Bakersfield, CA, Grand Junction, CO and Santiago, Chile, a High Wire Act from Colombia and Gabon, Teeterboard Drillers from Mongolia, Solo Trapeze from Brazil, Trick Rescue Pooches presented by the Pompeyo Family of Colombia, Kazakhstan and USA, a Cossack Horse Act with riders from Kazakhstan, Cuba, Guinea and Mexico, Fresh the Clownsss from Detroit, and many more surprises.

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70 Scenes of Halloween  
Athenaeum Theatre 70 Scenes of Halloween
 
The turbulent tale abandons linear narrative in favor of 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride that blends realism with psychological surprise and humor. Partners become wolves and phantoms in this domestic drama about a marriage dying of familiarity. Their haunted home offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships. “A quirky, inventive, and fun play in which time is out of joint as married couple Jeff and Joan contend with ghosts, beasts, and witches banging on their windows, wafting through their rooms, and wielding butcher knives” (Broadway Publishing Inc). This show is near to our founders’ hearts and we are excited to bring it to Chicago this October!

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Anything Goes  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Anything Goes
 
A high-seas romp showcasing one of Cole Porter's most magical scores. Music, dance, and romance are set to the age old tale of boy meets girl in this breezy classic. The S.S. American sets sail from New York to London, hauling a cast of characters including night club singer Reno Sweeney, lovesick Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, and socialite Hope Harcourt with fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Among them is "Public Enemy #13" Moonface Martin, trying to make his getaway. These characters come together in a jumble of misunderstandings, love triangles and all around confusion. Porter's genius radiates through incredible numbers like "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely" and more Broadway favorites. Melodies will delight, toes will tap and hearts will soar. Rated PG.

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The Barber of Seville  
Lyric Opera The Barber of Seville
 
Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini's music - the aural equivalent of champagne - is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber - coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House - the most popular of all operatic comedies.

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Bernhardt/Hamlet  
Goodman Theatre Bernhardt/Hamlet
 
Edmond; Act I, Scene II High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy "so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts" (The New York Times). In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt's decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare's Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip, this behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt's most ambitious role is a "dynamic character study" (Variety) of one of the most famous actresses-and infamous divas-in the world.

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The Body Political  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Body Political
 
The Body Political is a burlesque and variety show that confronts social myths about the body through personal stories of resistance and reclamation. Through burlesque, drag, poetry, dance and performance art, performers explore the intricacies of their identities, examine their relationships with their bodies, and challenge how their bodies are perceived in this world. Topics explored include racism and racial stereotypes, blackness, queerness, gender expectations, trans-visibility and invisibility, ageism, reproductive rights, and fat phobia and fat acceptance.

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The Brothers Size  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Brothers Size
 
Returning to our stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size. Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

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Bye Bye Liver  
Stage 773 Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.

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Casa Valentina  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Casa Valentina
 
CASA VALENTINA is set in 1962, in an inconspicuous bungalow colony in New York's Catskill Mountains that caters to a very special clientele: cis-gender straight men who delight in dressing and acting as women while away on vacation. These white-collar professionals discreetly escape their regular routines to spend certain weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this hidden society must decide whether the freedom gained by openness is worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden. While the characters of CASA VALENTINA are not men who identify as gay, it continues Pride Films and Plays' exploration of all things gender related, that are essential viewing for all audiences.

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A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.

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The Color Purple  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Color Purple
 
Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s as she navigates the love she has for her family, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and has earned nearly fifteen Tony Award nominations including two wins, one for the Best Revival of a Musical.

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ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
A hilarious interactive 90-minute show where two teams compete for your laughs in comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions. You choose the winner and the show is never the same twice. It's clean, smart comedy for all audiences and all ages! There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz playbook - and nobody knows what will happen next!

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Contractions  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Contractions
 
Emma's been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she's in love. Her boss thinks she's in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between "sexual" and "romantic," negotiate the length of Emma's interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts. An ink-black satire from one of Britain's most acclaimed and provocative writers. Midwest premiere!

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The Creature Creeps  
Riverfront Playhouse The Creature Creeps
 
The Creature Creeps by Jack Sharkey is a hilarious send up of the horror story genre that has an ancient castle, creaking doors, a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the depths of the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist's absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you'll lose count.

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Dana H.  
Goodman Theatre Dana H.
 
Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. A harrowing true story, Dana was held captive with her life in this man's hands-trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified-for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2, The Christians), "one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years" (The New York Times), this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.

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Dead Man Walking  
Lyric Opera Dead Man Walking
 
A young couple is brutally killed, and the convicted murderer, Joseph De Rocher, sits on death row. Sister Helen Prejean agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning every attitude she has about how human beings treat each other. Based on real-life events, Jake Heggie's music and Terrence McNally's libretto explore the nature of friendship and forgiveness in the most profound ways. Hugely acclaimed in major houses internationally, Dead Man Walking is widely acknowledged as one of the most riveting operas of the 21st century. It simply demands to be seen - so don't miss this performance at Chicago's Lyric Opera House.

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Drunk Shakespeare  
The Lion Theatre Drunk Shakespeare
 
The stage is set in a hidden speakeasy located behind the Chicago Theater. Guests enter to find a glam cocktail bar and library with over 10,000 books. Five classically-trained actors meet there as members of "The Drunk Shakespeare Society". One drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the four sober actors try to keep the script on track. Each show is different depending on who is drinking... and what they're drinking!

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The Effect  
Strawdog Theatre The Effect
 
Hearts pounding, thoughts racing, and sleepless nights. Connie and Tristan are falling in love - or are they? Stuck in a clinical trial for an antidepressant, it's hard to know what is love and what is the drug. As the trial's supervising doctors untangle this relationship, everyone involved has to question what they know.

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Equivocation  
The Edge Off-Broadway Equivocation
 
In the aftermath of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to assassinate King James I and destroy the British Parliament, playwright William Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard's name) is commissioned by the powerful Lord Robert Cecil to write the "true historie" of the plot...to the particular specifications of His Majesty. As they work to unravel the truth behind the conspiracy, navigating clandestine meetings, betrayals, and brawls, the King's Men acting company tests just how far they're willing to go for each other and to speak truth to power. When duty to country and pursuit of the truth collide, the Globe Theatre becomes the stage for Shag's darkest play yet - and the battle for a nation's soul. Fact, fiction, politics and comedy all vie for control in this critically acclaimed dramatic account of an historical national crisis.

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Equus  
Edge Theatre Equus
 
Inspired by a true story, EQUUS sets out to explore the complex relationships between devotion and myth. When teenager Alan Strang's pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy's violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan's world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

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An Evening With C.S. Lewis Starring David Payne  
Broadway Playhouse An Evening With C.S. Lewis Starring David Payne
 
The year is 1962 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down. David Payne's AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS STARRING DAVID PAYNE has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.

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The Facts Of Life  
Mary's Attic The Facts Of Life
 
Ed Jones stars as Mrs. Edna Garrett - the house mother with a deep dark secret in this parody of the beloved TV sitcom The Facts of Life. The Eastland seemed to be the place for the best and the brightest girls. But when a series of girls die mysterious accidental deaths, ace reporter Claudia Collins (David Cerda), who is as beautiful as she is talented, goes undercover to avenge her kid sister's death.

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The Fantasticks  
Skokie Theatre The Fantasticks
 
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. It is the world's longest-running musical and has entertained generations of audiences the world over. Directed by Stephen M. Genovese. Music Direction by Aaron Kaplan. Starring Mark Anderson, Brad Davidson, Darryn Glass, Nate Hall, Edward MacLennan, Lily Ryan-Lozon, Jessica Surprenant and Graham Todd.

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The Great Leap  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Great Leap
 
When an American basketball team travels to Beijing amidst tensions in the late 80s, past relationships collide with present day revelations. Witty and weighty, this Chicago premiere explores cultural barriers, political risks and personal sacrifice. Lauren Yee's The Great Leap is sure to be compelling to basketball fans, history buffs and everyone who has ever had a dream.

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Great Russian Nutcracker  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).

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Hell Followed With Her  
The Den Theatre Hell Followed With Her
 
Willow Parker has spent two years with revenge on her mind. Tonight she's found the man she's been looking for, but in this small Texas town where their bloody paths have converged, the undead have followed behind her...

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Holmes and Watson  
McAninch Arts Center Holmes and Watson
 
Keeps you guessing. Three years following the mysterious "death" of Sherlock Holmes at Reichenbach, there have been many who've claimed to be Holmes, all debunked as imposters by the faithful partner of the sleuth, Watson. But now three separate men insist that they are the infamous literary master, having survived that encounter at the Falls. Full of twists and turns, this is a riveting and clever adventure from award-winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.

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Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins, and Games  
Royal George Theatre Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins, and Games
 
The premise is that Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, a former nun, is here tonight to raise money while playing bingo and talking about Halloween traditions, scary movies, condemned board games, haunted churches, the best candy, and the worst costumes. It's a crazy night of Halloween trivia, audience interaction, and the funniest costume contest you've ever seen.

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In The Heights  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center In The Heights
 
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center and Vision Latino Theatre Company present In The Heights. Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Xavier Custodio, music directed by Michael Gibson, choreographed by Yariana Baralt Torres. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, which ones you leave behind.

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King Hedley II  
Court Theatre King Hedley II
 
Placing his hopes and dreams on the line, a man pieces together his life in Pittsburgh after seven years in prison. Family ties are tested and crime and retribution collide in August Wilson's ninth play in the American Century Cycle-Court's eighth production in our ongoing commitment to producing all ten plays of the cycle. Nationally acclaimed for his direction of August Wilson's plays, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson brings a depth of humanity to Wilson's interrogation of African American life in the 1980s.

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The King's Speech  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The King's Speech
 
Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king's. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it.

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Language of Angels  
Piven Theatre Language of Angels
 
Perfect for the Halloween spooky season, Language of Angels begins in a cave on the edge of a rural North Carolina town, where a teenaged girl once went missing. One of nine friends is responsible for her death, yet her ghostly, echoed cries will haunt each of them forever. Woven together are the parallel paths each friend takes that lead to their own tragic fates. Hidden beneath the scary, mysterious exterior, Language of Angels is ultimately a touching and deeply heartfelt play.

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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Love and Information  
Trap Door Theatre Love and Information
 
Through a kaleidoscopic lens of over 100 characters in fifty-seven different scenes, Churchill's exhilarating play Love and Information explores how our incessant consumption of information and virtual connectivity penetrates and frames our sense of ourselves and our relationships with others.

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Luisa Miller  
Lyric Opera Luisa Miller
 
Verdi's sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa's own father loathes. The young couple's relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including "Quando le sere al placido," one of the composer's greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric's first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades at Chicago's Lyric Opera House will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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The Master Comic  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Master Comic
 
The Master Comic is a fun and satirical study of the rise and fall of a once-great, and now controversial Black entertainer. Lincoln Wolfe is the very picture of education, charm, wit, and class but has allegedly led a secret double life as a pathological victimizer. Inspired by the enduring ideas and enigmatic characters found in Ibsen's classic The Master Builder, The Master Comic explores issues of race and respectability politics, and examines the existential and identity-related problems specific to African Americans negotiating perceptions of success in the U.S.

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Midsummer (A Play with Songs)  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Midsummer (A Play with Songs)
 
A rowdier, Scottish-ier version of Once, MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) is a wickedly funny retelling of one seemingly mismatched couple's lost weekend of wine, song, shagging and outrageous parking fees. Accompanying themselves on a range of instruments, Mr. Mulvey and Ms. Cross belt out the joyous folk-pop score in this one-of-a-kind musical that is a genuine love letter to the great city of Edinburgh - and the splendidly un-Hollywood endings you just might find there!

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Mixtape  
Theatre Momentum Studio Mixtape
 
MIXTAPE is an instant one-act drama that uses music to follow the history of a relationship. It explores the complex subtext behind the songs chosen for a mixtape, and the history and subtle meaning behind each song through a fully improvised narrative with live musical performances.

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Mother Of The Maid  
Northlight Theatre Mother Of The Maid
 
Isabelle Arc is a hard-working, pious peasant woman with an odd and extraordinary daughter. When adolescent Joan announces she's having visions, her mother isn't quite sure if she should credit the Holy Spirit or teen hormones. But with faith in God and her destiny, Joan sets off to lead the French at war. As she ascends from farm girl to holy martyr, we follow the unexpected perspective of her proud, fierce, and frightened mom in this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.

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Murder on the Nile  
Oil Lamp Theater Murder on the Nile
 
Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare. Complimentary cookies and spiced warm apple cider at each performance. Caution: There are two gunshots during the performance.

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Newsies  
Paramount Theatre Newsies
 
Straight from the headlines of turn of the century New York comes the true story that had Broadway roaring before it even opened. Featuring unforgettable songs audiences have fallen in love with again and again and a story that will make audiences want to stand up and cheer. High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper, while down in the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show the news tycoon and his gang of cronies they're not going to be pushed into the gutter.

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The One: The Matrix Parody Musical  
The Den Theatre The One: The Matrix Parody Musical
 
The minds behind FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing!, Rookie of the Year The Musical, and Hitch*Cocktails have joined forces to bring you their next fan tribute show! The One: The Matrix Parody Musical will combine hilarity and harmony to poke fun at everyone's favorite digitally dystopian '90s classic. Audiences will join Neo as he goes down the musical rabbit hole to learn his real purpose. Created by fans, for fans, the show centers around the events of the first film while paying tribute to all of the expanded universe. The two-act story with intermission features an original score, dance battles, pop songs and puppets, all in a D.I.Y. style! This is THE ONE parody musical you won't want to miss!

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Peppa Pig Live! Peppa's Adventure  
Chicago Theatre Peppa Pig Live! Peppa's Adventure
 
Peppa Pig, George and all their friends are hitting the road for an all-new tour, Peppa Pig's Adventure! You're invited to join the colorful gang on their all singing and dancing escapade full of games, songs and surprises! Featuring life-sized puppets of the beloved characters, it's fun for all the family to enjoy! Peppa Pig and her brother George are super duper excited to head out on an exciting camping trip to the forrest with her friends Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Their bags are packed with all the necessary outdoor gear as well as lunchboxes filled with yummy treats. Even Daddy Pig is coming along, he's the adult-in-charge driving the bus! Packed with new songs, Peppa Pig Live promises to be the perfect theatre experience for all pre-schoolers.

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Peter and the Starcatcher  
Citadel Theatre Company Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain's cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk's precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates - led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own - the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

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The Recommendation  
Windy City Playhouse The Recommendation
 
Fresh off successful productions at The Old Globe (in San Diego) and the Flea Theater in New York, the psychological thriller follows two friends through the trials and tribulations of life and tests just how far they will go to get what they want.

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Revolution Chicago  
Stage 773 Revolution Chicago
 
The early days of the Chicago-born genre of music that became an international sensation will be brought to life through song and dance in a new stage musical written and directed by house music pioneer Mickey "Mixin" Oliver. Oliver wrote the musical's book and collaborated with Lidell Townsell on the music and lyrics of its original score. REVOLUTION CHICAGO is the story of how "House Music" came to be when a radio program director, Lee Michaels, sought a way to revitalize the struggling radio station WBMX. Michaels had a vision to bring the art of a DJ's turntable skills and his music to radio. He hired the five best dance club DJs in the Chicago metro market, named them the Hot Mix 5, led by Mickey Oliver, and soon they became legends in radio.

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Richard III  
Athenaeum Theatre Richard III
 
Before the Game of Thrones, there was this masterpiece. Will Richard stop at nothing to reach the pinnacle of power? Will he act unethically, unlawfully? Deceive, seduce, even commit murder? Come on, you think George R.R. Martin invented this stuff? Meet the unlikely man who schemed so cleverly (and bloodily), we're still talking about him today.

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Six  
Broadway Playhouse Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.

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Something Rotten!  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Something Rotten!
 
Set in 1595 where farthingales and codpieces are the latest fashion trends, and the biggest celebrity in England is a playwright named William Shakespeare, SOMETHING ROTTEN! tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who are desperate to write a hit play and keep their acting company afloat, but are stuck in the shadow of a Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." In a desperate attempt to outshine the Bard, Nick consults with a local soothsayer who foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting, which leads Nick and Nigel to set out and write the world's very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. The Tony-nominated score includes "Welcome to the Renaissance," "God, I Hate Shakespeare," "Bottom's Gonna Be on Top," and "Right Hand Man."

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Sons and Lovers  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Sons and Lovers
 
Based on the novel set in late 19th century England, SONS AND LOVERS dramatizes the early years of the spirited and brilliantly flawed writer D.H. Lawrence as he charted his course from a Midlands coal mining town into the larger world. The story portrays his parents' mismatched marriage and his own first love affairs while confronting the jealousy of his beloved mother about the women he brought into his life. In the process, Lawrence developed his views on the mystical role of sexuality in shaping the wholeness of the self and the power of determined creativity to overcome dark circumstances.

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Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse South Southern Gothic
 
It's 1960. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin's on the radio. Everyone's driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day -- old college buddies who've known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed ... from a political scandal, to a hidden pregnancy, a secret love affair, and a business' corruption. Come to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse, explore, and be a fly on the wall for all the juicy drama of Southern Gothic. Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in this one-of-kind, voyeuristic theater.

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Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
Something witchy this way comes, as the sequel to Splatter Theatre picks up seven years after The Mayfield Massacre. Lone survivor, Ellen Epley, now pregnant but still tormented by the events of her past, seeks shelter at a safe house on the outskirts of town. She soon learns that dark forces have been drawing her in all along. Unable to trust even herself, Ellen ends up in a fight for her sanity, her life, and even her very soul.

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Spoken Word  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Spoken Word
 
Resonant with Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Spoken Word takes place in a small community dominated by hearsay, fear, outrage, and over-reaching authority figures. On the isolated campus of a Midwest university, sex, race, and gender collide in an epic culture war. At the center of this genre-bending drama are two undergrads - one Persian, the other Black - trying to navigate their conflicted feelings, while social loyalties, family obligations, and administrative pressures encroach on their privacy with an oppressive need to know everything about their sexual encounter gone wrong. In Spoken Word everyone will have their say, and it all turns on a single word - never spoken.

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Spooky Stories of the Season  
Greenman Theatre Spooky Stories of the Season
 
GreenMan Theatre Troupe's annual presentation of Spooky Stories of the Season is an evening of creepy stories and scary songs geared for adults but also appropriate for older children. This is a great option for youth groups looking for a fun outing. Storytellers are drawn from a workshop program on the art of storytelling offered by GreenMan Theatre in the late summer and early fall. Get in the spirit of the spooky season in Elmhurst this fall!

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Sunday Evening  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Sunday Evening
 
Two families, lost in deep conflict, misunderstandings, and personal betrayal. Rose and Nick are an immigrant couple trapped between the demons of their past and betrayal of the present. Their turmoil is witnessed by Stella, an actress with a vibrant past but bereaved of any recent success. The main reminder of those glorious early days is their victim - her daughter, who must resort to manipulation in order to receive love, understanding, and affection that are long overdue. Sunday Evening intertwines and juxtaposes the illusion of the American Dream with the reality of everyday existence.

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Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.

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Trump In Space  
Laugh Out Loud Theater Trump In Space
 
STAR TREK meets Sondheim meets BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets Trump in this battle of good vs evil, ideals vs opportunism, and Trump vs space with music and jazz hands! Set 400 years in the future, this sci-fi absurdist comedy imagines a humanity divided among starships seeking a new home. The left leaning Starship California leads the rebellion against the still-in-power Trump regime led by Captain Natasha Trump (Donald's distant descendant) and the mysterious Executive. Campy political musical comedy in SPACE! Which faction will be the first to reach Polaris IV and establish the New Cosmic Order?

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Vanya On The Plains  
The Artistic Home Vanya On The Plains
 
Hedrick's play imagines a future totalitarian society in which in-person human interaction is greatly diminished and daily life experiences are detached from reality in favor of digital virtual reality experiences. The "plains" of the title is a barren land only somewhat more livable than the neighboring sector, the Outlands. In an attempt to acquaint his family and friends with real-time and real-space personal interaction and genuine relationships, the 79-year old Elijah convinces them to perform Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA despite the fact that the younger members of the family have never seen a play and have no conception of acting.

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Who Killed Joan Crawford?  
Athenaeum Theatre Who Killed Joan Crawford?
 
On a dark stormy night, five men arrive at a cabin for a soap star's surprise birthday party. Each guest has been asked to dress as the birthday boy's favorite actress, Joan Crawford, in one of her signature roles - and the results aren't pretty. As they wait for the star, the five "Joans" begin drinking and dishing, dark secrets emerge, and soon there's one Joan less... and then another ... Come find out Who Killed Joan Crawford?!

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Whose Body?  
Lifeline Theatre Whose Body?
 
When a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of the crime. Could it be a harmless prank by a medical student or something more sinister? Follow the clues and uncover the truth in this beloved 1923 whodunit by Dorothy L. Sayers.

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Xanadu  
Prairie Lakes Theatre Xanadu
 
A Greek muse inspires love, laughter and the world's first roller disco (yep!) in this glitter explosion based on the 1980 cult film. This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller-skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.

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